Scholarship Information


Kyle W. Kiihnl $1000 Scholarship

We offer a $1000 college scholarship to high school seniors. Scholarship recipients may use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice. The Kyle W. Kiihnl Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients.


  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in in the Class of 2019.
  • Finalist(s) must be available to be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Recipient can use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice within two years of being named a recipient.


  • Cover letter.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from college or trade school of choice​.
  • 400 word minimum essay. 
  • The essay will be the primary factor in determining scholarship recipient.
  • Must be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • Must "like" our Facebook page and make the Don't Drive Drowsy Pledge.

Essay must be written on one of  the following topics:

  1. Explain why Maggie’s Law is a major step forward in getting us to realize the seriousness of driving sleepy.
  2. Describe a drowsy driving incident experienced by you, a friend or family member. What led up to this incident and how could it have been prevented?
  3. Should drowsy driving be prosecuted like drunk driving or texting while driving?

If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please download the information sheet and follow the detailed instructions and submission deadlines. Or use the download button at the bottom of this page.

Exceeding Expectations $2,500 Scholarship

The Houston High School Wrestling Booster Club initiated a memorial scholarship fund in Kyle’s name to be given to the wrestler at Houston High School that “exceeded expectations”. Those were the words Head Coach Walt Holmes used to describe Kyle at the wrestling banquet just one month prior to Kyle’s death.

In 2009, the Foundation continued the tradition of presenting the Kyle W. Kiihnl Exceeding Expectations Scholarship for Houston High School Wrestlers. Each recipient has exceeded expectations through his hard work, determination, commitment and focus on academics.  

Since 2002, the Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation has given more than 19 college scholarships to local high school seniors including our yearly Exceeding Expectations scholarship.

Scholarship information

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Tanner Speicha, 2019 Exceeding Expectations Honoree


This year's Exceeding Expectations Scholarship honoree is Tanner Speech. 

Pictured: Joni Fox, Tanner Speicha, and Mr. and Mrs. Speicha, his parents.This scholarship if awarded to the senior wrestler at Houston High School, Germantown, that exhibits qualities similar to Kyle's.  These qualities include exceptional grades, quality character and outstanding effort in all that he undertakes. Congratulations Tanner for Exceeding Expectations 2019.

Kennedy Nichols, 2019 Scholarship Recipient


 Congratulations to Kennedy Nichols. Pictured: to be placed soon.
"In the hallways of my high school, teens can often be heard boasting about how little they slept the night before, almost as if they are in some unspoken competition where the esteemed victor is the contestant running on the least amount of sleep. What my classmates fail to recognize, however, is their increased risk of becoming involved in fatal car crashes due to burning the candle at both ends." Click to read more.